We took the trip from Pickering all the way to Whitby. If you catch the correct train, you can go all the way by steam.
Last year, our trip to Whitby was a little marred by nasty weather, not so last Thursday.
I made a beeline straight for a certain shop. Last year, we only spotted it late in the day once it was already shut. Up the hill I determinedly puffed, and suggested to the boys that we might reconvene later, once I'd had my fabric fill chez Judith. Very satisfying it was too.
And reconvene we happily did, at our favourite place for lunch, the infamous Magpie Cafe. The queue was not so huge this year and in no time we were tucking into the best fish and chips you'll ever eat.
Let's not forget that while we were away, there was a certain special occasion, one Master Munchkin turning another year older.
I knew the Lego would go down a storm, but what about my handmade offering?
I think from the expression, it's going to be ok. Phew!
In fact, even though he's only just got up, the Munchkin decides he needs to try it out straight away!
I think it has the seal of approval and on the Munchkin's bunkbed it goes each night.
What's a birthday without cake (four days old having been made at home before we set off, but who's counting?!)
All too soon, it was Friday and off we went to that most beautiful city of York. This is truly the perfect city for us and has everything; shops, culture, restaurants... We split into girl and boy camps again, in the interests of maximising what little time we had. The boys headed here...
...to the National Railway Museum. They kindly took some photos for me of the Royal Carriages as I loved these last year, in particular the quilts, of course.
I positively cracked up when Mr HenHouse showed me this shot! One for the scrapbook methinks...
Meanwhile, it was left to me to do the cultural thing...
I mean the Minster is very nice and all that but time was of the essence you understand. So whilst I took a quick shot of it, I thought you'd rather prefer some more in here!
First up, I was positively drooling over the new limited edition prints. Is it so wrong to lust after all four? Ok, just the pink one then. Or maybe the yellow and red one? For starters. Oh I don't know.
I had to snap this cowboy sofa bed to show the Munchkin later.
I also had to show you this. I love the chair but look at the blue cushion. Trust me, the photo makes this look better than it is. Vintage apparently, at £46, if only you could see how badly the points were matched and the nasty '70s fabrics. Miaow! (Sorry but it was truly awful. Eek.)
This, though, rather captivated me, and it was "only" a curtain on the changing room. Those of you lucky enough to have visited one of Cath's stores will know that she often curtains the changing rooms with quilts (they have eyelets through the top to hang them). This beauty was pieced entirely from small squares of eiderdown fabric. Now that's real vintage! How many eidys were harmed in the making of this quilt, I wonder!
Further along Stonegate, I encountered this quirky and cute shop, Ness. I understand this is the only on so far in England (quite a few shops in Scotland).
What do you think of this?
Pretty dreamy, hey? But you didn't think they were all real china plates hanging on the wall?
Ah no, behold this absolutely stunning wall paper in the changing rooms. I understand it is by the divine company Avoca.
We did indeed meet up again, and where else but Betty's famous tea rooms for the full works. Seems the Munchkin worked up an appetite at the NRM.
Whizzing forward a bit, for this is a bit of a "miscellaneous" post, we broke the long journey back to London by stopping here on the side of the oh-so-glamorous A1(M)!
Well, this diner was most certainly "ok" by us, if not one for the dieters. Crikey!
One more special holiday post to go...